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To grow radishes in your summer cottage, you do not need to make especially strong efforts. In particular, when it comes to the "Celeste" variety. It ranks among the best in many respects. The variety is popular not only among farmers (and even among fairly large farms), but also on ordinary household plots.
Radish seeds should be purchased from trusted, reputable stores. They should be from the previous year's harvest. In no case is it allowed to use two or three year old radish seeds. In this case, the germination capacity is significantly reduced and the risk of getting plants with a flower shoot instead of a succulent and large root crop increases.
Characteristics and description of radishes
Root crops - aligned, rounded. Their surface is smooth. The color of the radish is bright red... If we dwell on the issue of mass, then with proper care, it can reach 30 grams. The flesh of the hybrid is white. It is very juicy and no less tasty.
The hybrid can be grown from the first decade of March to the end of November. But it is so early only in an appropriate (warm) climate.
On average, it is recommended to start growing radishes in early April. Some farmers plant radishes before winter.
If the soil is "heavy", then the seeds should be planted at a minimum depth. No more than 1 cm.
Average, the yield of the hybrid is 3.3-3.5 kg per square meter.
Where to grow?
The hybrid is grown in the open field. Cruciferous crops should not be precursors. These crops are understood as: mustard, rapeseed, levkoy, rutabagas, cabbage, and some others. According to other sources, the variety can also be grown in a greenhouse.
Disease resistance is one of the main advantages of this radish variety.
Celeste f1 radish is resistant to diseases and temperature extremes... But, at the same time, it is very desirable to cover the first time with a special film. So the gardener will be able to protect his vegetable from frost and temperature fluctuations. They often happen in the spring.
Radish "Celeste" - early ripening. Harvesting can be done as early as 24 days after sowing. Interestingly, you can find this radish on sale all year round, the reason is that they adapt well to different climatic conditions.
What types of soil are suitable?
It can bear fruit very well in an area with light sandy loam, loose soils.
Moreover soil acidity indicators should be from 6.5 to 6.8.
It is extremely important to ensure correct seedbed operation.
First of all, apply complex fertilizers. On what soil is it undesirable to plant this crop?
With difficulty radish tolerates planting on saline soils... Poorly tolerates drought, and vice versa, excessively moist soils.
The Celeste F1 radish was developed, like many other vegetable varieties, in Holland. Nothing is known specifically about the history of this variety. It is only known for certain that thanks to the breeders, he received such useful qualities.
Differences from other species
- The main thing that distinguishes this variety from many others is disease resistance.
- And it is also adapted to rotate in the open field and in greenhouse conditions.
Advantages and disadvantages
- Early ripening can be expected from this type of radish.
- It is very tasty.
- There are no such problems as shooting and color.
- You can store the crop for a long time.
- The variety is very resistant to pests and diseases.
- During transportation, even over long distances, it does not lose its commercial qualities.
The "celeste" variety has very minor drawbacks, but they pale against the background of its merits.
- This radish should not be planted on salty and dense soils.
- On too dry soils, sowing this type of radish is a bad job.
- On too wet soils - too. Moreover, too high humidity is even detrimental to radishes.
For what and where is it used?
For fresh consumption and for sale on the markets. Radish is used only fresh.... Some people also eat the leaves.
In the greenhouse that is heated, you can grow radishes, including this variety, in any month of the year. Due to the peculiarities of this vegetable crop, seeds germinate best in early spring, namely in March-April.
Radishes ripen in about a month. Much depends on the region and care. According to these factors, the timing may be different.
After the seeds and soil are prepared, you can start sowing:
- Make grooves along the entire length of the bed, the depth of which is 3-4 cm.The distance between them is about 10 cm.
- The distance between the holes is 4-5 cm. Placement is staggered. This is not a whim. In other cases, the gardener will be forced to thin out.
- After sifting has been carried out, the furrows are covered with earth and leveled.
In terms of care, there must be regular watering and maintaining the required temperature. It is necessary to ensure that the temperature is not higher than + 20-22 degrees. If necessary, regularly ventilate the greenhouse.
Be sure to fertilize radishes... In small quantities, you can add ash solution, liquid mullein. For sowing seeds in open ground, you can use a special device. The so-called "planter". Or you can - in the usual way.
Harvesting and storage
This vegetable will ripen in no time. You shouldn't rush him. You don't need to harvest ahead of time. But there is no need to allow overripening of the fruits. When the roots reach medium size, then you need to harvest. Be sure to level all ripe roots. That is, cutting off the tops by 2-3 cm from the radish and trimming the roots.
How to store?
In the vegetable section of the refrigerator. You need to pre-pack it in a plastic bag. The only condition is that you need to make a hole in the bag for ventilation or open the bag. Root vegetables can be stored at appropriate temperature and humidity for about 2 months... But you can't keep them for too long. In this case, they will lose their taste.
Diseases and pests
The vegetable has strong immunity against most diseases. There are two main pests that disturb radishes in general and this variety in particular:
- Cruciferous flea.
For prevention, it is better to plant radishes before winter.... While the pests take some action, the gardener will have time to harvest.
It should be noted that many diseases can be avoided through prevention.
- Remove the remains of plants from the previous year from the soil.
- Avoid waterlogging of the soil.
- Periodically enrich the soil with mineral and organic fertilizers.
- If you plant radishes in the spring, then it is better to plant mustard, wormwood, any flowers with a pungent smell along the edges of the garden.
This vegetable is perfectly stored and preserves, even with prolonged storage, excellent taste. Therefore, this type of radish is very popular.
We offer you to watch a video about the features of growing Celeste radish: